Take Control of Your Pain

You and your family will be welcomed in to discuss your current medical situation and collectively come up with the best plan for you. This treatment may include interdisiplinary approaches including, but certainly not limited to, medication management. We want to empower you to not cover up and mask your pain, but conquer your pain! Ideas may includephysical and occupational therapy, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, biofeedback, pain psychology, durable medical equipment, nutritional counseling, injections, and ketamine infusion therapy.


The purpose of human life is to server, and show compassion and the will to help others.
— Albert Schweitzer

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Effectively treats depression, pain, and addiction when other treatments fail


Ketamine infusion protocols at Alpine Health & Wellness are tailored to specific patient considerations. However, all patients are fully monitored with pulse oximetry which measures the oxygen in the blood in real time, automated blood pressure cuff, and electrocardiography. Initial ketamine infusion therapy for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and other pain conditions due to centrally-mediated neuropathic pain is generally performed for 4 hours a day for 10 days. Shorter ketamine infusion “booster” protocols may also be quite helpful in optimizing pain relief and quality of life. Protocols for other conditions, including mental health disorders, may vary.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Pain

Ketamine infusion therapy has proven effective in improving pain in patients suffering from various nervous system disorders including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), spinal cord injuries, neuropathy, and other conditions.


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CRPS, previously known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic pain condition most oftenaffecting one of the limbs (arms, legs, hands, or feet), usually after an injury or trauma to that limb. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the central and peripheral nervous system. It is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and mild or drastic changes in skin color, temperature,
and/or swelling in the affected area. In more severe cases, individuals may not recover and may have long-term disability. Anyone can get CRPS. It can strike at any age and affects both men and women, although it is much more common in women. The average age of affected individuals is about age 40. CRPS is rare in the elderly. The key symptom of CRPS is prolonged pain that may be constant and, in some people, extremely uncomfortable or severe. The pain may feel like a burning or “pins and needles” sensation, or as it someone is squeezing the affected limb. There is often increased sensitivity in the affected area, such that even light touch or contact is painful. Other common features include intermittent changes in temperature, skin color, and swelling, changes in skin texture, abnormal sweating pattern, changes in nail and hair growth patterns, joint stiffness, and abnormal movement in the affected limb.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Depression


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Patients who have been diagnosed with treatment resistant depression are also candidates for ketamine infusion therapy. This includes patient with major depressive disorders, post-partum depression, bipolar disorder, and severe anxiety states. Furthermore, ketamine infusion therapy can successfully treat post-traumatic stress and subsequent depression. When a patient is not responding to in-patient therapy, medication, or other forms of treatment, ketamine infusions should be considered as the next step. Patients with recurrent thoughts of suicide, who need immediate mood stabilization, will most often benefit from ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine treatments are not for those with mild depression, situational depression, or mood swings.

There is a large body of research that overwhelmingly demonstrates that ketamine infusions work for severe depression resistant to traditional treatments. Studies from prestigious institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health, and Yale University show that approximately 70 precent of patients successfully respond to ketamine therapy.

Customized Care

State-of-the Art Treatment

Compassionate

Comprehensive

I was ready to give up after suffering 5 years of chronic pain and going to see the top experts in the field of my diagnosis, I was directed to Dr. Kesten. Within 90 days he had my true diagnosis and my quality of life was returning. He takes his patients seriously and has an excellent bedside manner.
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Patient

Services

Alpine Health & Wellness, is excited to offer the following services:

Individualized Treatment

  • Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations
  • Electrodiagnostic examinations (EMGs and nerve conduction studies)
  • Medication management
  • Interventional (injection) therapy including Botox injections, trigger point injections, joint injections, and nerve blocks
  • Ketamine infusion therapy
  • Occupational medicine including treatment of Workers’ Compensation injuries
  • Personalized addiction medicine/substance abuse treatment
  • Conditions Treated Include:
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraine headache
  • Neck and back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Burns
  • And Many More

Meet the Team

Here to help you with any concern


Jeffrey Kesten, MD

Jeffrey Kesten, MD

Medical Director

A New York City native, Dr. Kesten obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania

Kristen Johnson, BS, RRT, CCRC

Kristen Johnson, BS, RRT, CCRC

VP & Director of the Ketamine Infusion Center/Alpine Health & Wellness

A native of Oklahoma, Ms. Johnson began her medical career as a Respiratory Therapist. Following relocation to Colorado she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado Christian University


What our patients have to say

We look forward to being part of your future health


I call Dr. Kesten my "angel" doctor because I met him by accident (literally). I was in an accident and my car insurance gave me his name (1 of 3). The first one didn't work out. I met Dr. Kesten and he not only helped me, he is genuine, he really cares about my health and how I feel. He has been taking care of me since 2004. I feel very fortunate to know him. He is a fine doctor and a fine man."
Patricia
Patient
We wanted to tell you how much we appreciate you're being there for us during some dark days. Thanks again for everything you've done to help us both!
Susan
Patient
A small gesture of our appreciation for all you've done to help. Providing the PNT treatments, we know they have been helping and look forward to hopefully provide more relief as time goes on. Thank you again for your generosity and caring!
Deb
Patient
Your knowledge, kindness, & compassionate are very much appreciated. It is a comfort to know I'm in good hands with the pain management of my disease. P.S. The rest of your staff are wonderful!
Kelly
Patient

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